The move would allow Samsung Exynos to better compete with Qualcomm and a client for the Exynos chipsets may be unveiled in the first half of 2019.
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Samsung may be planning to give other OEMs access to its Exynos chipsets. According to a report by Reuters, the company is in talks with a number of smartphone manufacturers, including ZTE. The report notes the the move will bring allow it to to better compete with Qualcomm. It also adds that that Samsung generates a majority of its profit from its basic memory chips, and has been ramping up development of logic chups such as mobile processors, image sensors, and automotive chips in an attempt to diversity. Inyup Kang, a former Qualcomm executive and now head of System LSI (Samsung’s logic chip developer), told the publication that a new client for Exynos chipsets in the first half of 2019.
Currently, Samsung almost exclusively uses the Exynos chipsets on its own devices. The only other OEM to use Exynos is Meizu. Earlier this year, the company unveiled the Meizu M6 smartphone in China. The device is powered by an Exynos 7872 SoC, and Meizu said that it was the first to offer the 14nm chipset to users. Besides this, the devie offered a 5.7-inch HD+ display with a resolution of 1440x720 pixels. At the back of the device is a single 16MP rear camera, while at the front it offers an 8MP unit. The phone also comes with a feature called “Super mBack” that allows users to navigate the device by swiping on a new Halo pressure sensitive button that is built into the display.
A few months back, Samsung announced a new Exynos 7 series 9610 processor. It is aimed at powered mid-to-upper range smartphones like the company's A series of devices. The processor is built on a 10nm node and features AI-based image processing and supports the capturing of slow motion videos.
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